Siam 62 Restaurant – A Taste of Royal Thai CuisineMay 18, 2011 | 7,004 views
* This article was originally posted on FoodStreet, and this review was an extended invitation courtesy of FoodStreet.
Pad Pong Kary ( Yellow Curry Boneless Chicken )
We Malaysians are blessed with a myriad of good food; from street fares plying the sidewalks and backlanes, to cafes and bistros catering to the younger generations, as well as restaurants catering to gatherings, reunions and family dinners. Not only that, the fusion of flavours easily available around the corner; from Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisines, to Japanese, Western and of course, Thai food.
A resplendent ambience befitting the Royal Thai fare that awaits ….
Nowadays, you can find restaurants specializing in Thai cuisine almost a dime a dozen. Back then, Thai food used to be so niche, you could only go back to the same old outlet for your fix of Tom Yum Gung, Pineapple Fried Rice or Pandan Chicken.
A refreshing plum drink concoction
Siam 62 Restaurant; situated at Palm Spring @ Damansara, a short distance away from Kota Damansara prides on the authenticity of their Thai cuisine; with Thai chefs flanked by Thai staff in the kitchen. A mix of Northern and Southern Thai cuisine filled up the menu; which was impressively varied to begin with.
Porpia Poo Tord ( Fried Spring Rolls )
For starter, we were served with crunchy, vegetarian fried spring rolls named Porpia Poo Tord. The accompanying Thai chili sauce was a delectable boost to the already juicy fillings within of julienned vegetables and mushroom. Simple, yet effective in setting the tone for the impending feast.
Tom Yam Talay ( Tom Yam Seafood )
The perennial favourite of many; the Tom Yam Seafood arrived piping hot on the table next. A cross between the deep red version commonly served in various stalls in Malaysia, and the clearer version which packs a punch, a sip of the piquant soup revealed robust flavours, packed with a fiery nuance. The seafood were fresh and this was a definitely must-order. But then again … who does NOT order a Tom Yum in a Thai restaurant to begin with?
A plate of yellow curry meat arrived next on the table. The thick curry (named Pad Pong Kary) with burst of red and green colours from the bell peppers and red chillies was a sight to behold. But we were stumped as we initially thought the meat belonged to the deboned chicken feet. For that chewy texture they possessed. But after a few bites, the chunks of boneless meat were actually chicken meat from the thigh! Delicious, and very convenient as you do not have to pick the bones out from the dish.
Sod Sam Rod ( Fried Fish with Spicy sauce )
The moment the fillet of fish was served, we did not expect to see boneless fillet of fish coated in batter and deep-fried like the Western counterparts do. Wait, was this fish and chips injected with a fusion touch (courtesy of the spicy bean sauce on top)?
Our worries were rested, as the flesh was moist, the fish being fresh and succulent, and best of all … the slurry of spicy sauce on the surface complemented the crispy fish underneath. This should be a hit with the kids, and the sauce was not extremely spicy to begin with.
Pad Kana Pal Kaem ( Kailan Salted Fish )
The fibre choice for the day was kailan salted fish (Pad Kana Pal Kaem). Very basic, very common, yet stir-fried to no fault. Crunchy, green and fresh kailan paired with the briny flavour of salted fish, yet did not exceed that overwhelming level.
Tab Thim Krob
Last but not least, the dessert of the day was Tab Thim Krob. Hands down the most famous Thai dessert in the house. The bowl of shaved ice was served aside from the coconut milk with strips of jackfruit and red rubies (water chestnut). Perfect way to end the meal on a creamy and sweet note.
Notice the immensely large signboard on the outside; emphasis on the buffet on offer?
All in all, Siam 62 managed to impress albeit the slightly intimidating interior. Very classy, to the point of being misjudged as a fine dining establishment. But they do offer a very value for money Royal Thai buffet dinner priced at RM39++ per person, whereby you can order anything from the buffet menu and you’ll get served piping hot food from the kitchen.
Siam 62 – A Taste of Royal Thai Cuisine
Will I return for more? Indefinitely. When we barely grazed the surface of the menu laden with possibly hundred of inviting choices.
SIAM 62 RESTAURANT
Shoplot AG 11, Block A,
Palm Spring @ Damansara,
Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya,
Google Map to Siam 62